Dell Vostro V131: Our Deal of the Week

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The Dell Vostro V131 is a small office/home office 13-inch notebook for users on a budget. During our tests we found the notebook to have good overall performance, excellent battery life, a good port selection including USB 3.0, and a comfortable keyboard with LED backlighting.

The Vostro V131 is now going for as low as $449, and is being sold directly through Dell’s online store. Check out our quick overview of the product below to see if the notebook is right for you or jump straight to its review.

The Dell Vostro V131 sale unit in the link above has decent specifications for such a low-cost notebook but differs a little from our review unit. The sale unit comes equipped with an Intel Core i3-2330M dual-core processor running at 2.20GHz, Intel HD graphics, and a 320GB, 7200 rpm hard drive. The system only comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory but more may be added at any time. Up to 6GB can be installed, and 4GB is the “norm” for notebooks in this class. In our review we said our V131 review unit was able to multi-task smoothly and can handle office productivity type applications. Check out our full review for a more in-depth assessment of its performance and to see its benchmark scores. (Interested in even better performance? Check out this V131 unit on Dell’s site instead).

Two other areas where the V131 excels is its comfortable backlit keyboard and its battery life. In its review we said its Chiclet-style keyboard is smooth and comfortable, as well as easy to type with. Some models come with a backlit keyboard for help with seeing in dark-lit rooms. We tested the V131’s battery and found that it lasted a total of 9 hours and 2 minutes. That’s a great result for a notebook in this class.

More Specifications (sale unit):

  • 13.3-inch HD display with LED backlighting (1366 x 768) and anti-glare
  • Ubuntu version 11.04 
  • 2MP webcam
  • Dell Wireless 1702 network card (802.11b/g/n) 
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Weight: 4.03 lbs with battery
  • Dimensions: 12.96 x 0.63 (F)-0.83 (B) x 9.36 inches
  • 1-year limited Dell warranty

 

 

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